“. . . wonderful information from the big basket of overflowing wisdom kept by Brigitte Mars. Dip in. Enjoy!” – Susun S. Weed, author, The Wise Woman Way series, including New Menopausal Years
“According to Brigitte (The Country Almanac of Home Remedies; Naropa Univ.) and Fiedler (Beat Sugar Addiction Now!; contributing author, Prevention Magazine), natural cures can help battle stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain and improve sleep and mental acuity. Offering medical disclaimers and common-sense cautions such as not mixing prescription drugs with alcohol and advising medical professionals of any natural remedies one is applying, the authors maintain that these kinds of therapies can improve a person’s well-being and balance by restoring a sense of joy and contentment. A brief discussion of holistic practices and natural remedies (acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, flower essences, herbs, homeopathy, massage therapy, meditation, qigong, reflexology, and yoga) leads to material on stress, anxiety, mood, rest, brain power, weight, energy, pain, grief, trauma, joy, and happiness. The appendix includes brief, informational blurbs on essential herbs (name, plant family, medicinal uses, and contraindications); aromatherapy (plant purpose, formula, and usage); teas, resources, and a bibliography. There is also a comprehensive index. The writing style, a mix of both friendly and technical with some industry terms, is intelligible. While serviceable to the average reader, the book would be stronger had the authors replaced jargon (e.g., “tonify” and “chologogue”) with commonly spoken English or included a glossary. VERDICT Despite the occasional jargon, this title is affordable, informative, and basic. A helpful and current starting point for those seeking alternative medicine information.” – Library Journal
“For those interested in holistic self-care, this is the one reference book they should have in their home library. It is comprehensive, practical, user-friendly, and a synthesis of Brigitte Mars’ 40+ years as an herbalist, nutritionist, teacher, and healer.” – Robert S. Ivker, D.O., cofounder, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and author, Sinus Survival
About the Author
Brigitte Mars, AHG, is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild and a noted herbalist, author and raw food chef with over 40 years of experience in natural living. She is the author of Country Almanac of Home Remedies (2011), The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, The Hemp Nut Cookbook, Rawsome!, and Healing Herbal Teas. Brigitte teaches at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Health and Natural Chef, The School of Natural Medicine, Just for the Health of It School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Esalen Institute, Kripalu, and at an Icelandic healing arts school called Heilsumeistraskolinn. She has a private practice, helps out at Pharmaca, and has a local weekly radio show on KGNU called Naturally. Brigitte lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Chrystle Fiedler is the author of over a hundred articles on health topics for many national publications including Woman’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention, Natural Health, Arthritis Today, Remedy, Medizine’s Health Living, Spirituality & Health, The Health Monitor Network, Great Health, Vegetarian Times, Bottom Line/Women’s Health, Heart Healthy Living and Health magazine.
Rosemary Gladstar has taught herbology extensively throughout the United States and has led herbal travel adventures worldwide. Her experience includes 20 years in the herbal community as a healer, teacher, visionary, and organizer of herbal events. Currently, she runs Sage Mountain in East Barre, Vermont, where she teaches and sponsors workshops and sells herbal preparations.Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar has changed the practice of American herbalism during her 35 year career. She began her career in California, where after study she founded the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, Californiain 1978, which was the first herbal school in California. This school was taught by Gladstar with the help of herbalists such as Christopher Hobbs and is still functioning. She moved east to Vermont in the early 1990s and co-founded Sage Mountain Herbs. Becoming concerned about the ecological sustainability of medicinal plants, which were being decimated by the herb trade, Gladstar went on to found United Plant Savers, where she serves as president of the Board of Directors. Gladstar helped found the Northeast Herb Association in 1991. She is the co-director of the International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference. Gladstar is the author of several books, including Herbal Healing for Women, Herbs for Natural Beauty, Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest, Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal and Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs. She has taught herbs extensively throughout the U.S. She organizes the International Herb Symposium and the United Plant Savers conference, and speaks widely at other herbal conferences including the Southwest Conference, Medicines from the Earth, the Green Nations Gathering and Brietenbush. She also leads herbal travel adventures in various parts of the world.